A conversation with Lani Peterson of the Public Voice Project about her work with formerly incarcerated men and women to help them tell their stories in a way that helps them to make peace with their past and move forward in their lives. She explains the importance of telling a story that is bigger than a narrow focus on a bad decision or mistake. She describes storytelling as a key to transforming your self-image, and how others see you. She also discusses the techniques she’s discovered to hold the listener through stories that can be difficult to hear, and the ways that listening can also be a transformative process.
An interview with storyteller, Laura Simms about the power of stories to remind us of what is good inside us. Laura describes the way that stories take the listener on a unique journey where each character is a part of us, and we live through the story as if our lives depended on it. Laura talks about her work as a narrative therapist in Haiti after the earthquake. She uses stories to remind people of experiences of joy, and also to remember shared stories that nourish their communities and traditions. Finally Laura describes ways to help individuals transform painful memories into stories without agenda.